Before and After — John Moran in Black and White

The Before and After series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.

I had to fly out to San Francisco this week for work, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to attempt a blog post during the flight.  Wireless service is now available on a number of airlines, and it’s relatively inexpensive (and fast).  So tonight’s post — plus last Tuesday’s — comes to you from 30,000 feet.

This shot:  John Moran at the Austin MAC fundraiser last summer.


  • Shutter:  1/2000
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • ISO:  200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Composition and Processing

  • While this is a candid shot, it falls into the category of what I like to call “people as background”.  There’s a ton of activity around John, but he’s looking out of the scene at the camera.  So not only is he the central visual element of the frame, he’s also separated from everyone else by his different (and more personal) relationship to the viewer.


February 19 2010 08:48 pm | Photography

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